PORTLAND, MAINE — OCTOBER 21, 2014 — ‘Tis the season for tradition and for the annual release of our favorite winter beverages. At Oakhurst, this doesn’t just mean our classic Egg Nog, but a host of delicious winter nogs that will soothe the senses and warm the tummy, including Chocolate Nog, Buttered Rum Nog, and Light Egg Nog. While there appears to be some debate about the origins of the name Egg Nog, the drink seems to trace its roots to Medieval Europe, and specifically to England, where it was served warm with brandy and spices, such as cinnamon and nutmeg. In America, a batch of early Egg Nog was apparently made in Jamestown in the 1600s. It’s said the colonists called their mixture “egg and grog,” which was eventually shortened to Egg Nog.
The arrival of Oakhurst’s delicious seasonal beverages marks the beginning of another important tradition – the season of giving. Each year, for the last 15 years, Oakhurst has pledged to donate five cents to The Salvation Army of Northern New England for every container of Egg Nog sold. This year is no different. Last year, Oakhurst Dairy contributed $20,405 to the organization, and they have a goal of exceeding that amount.
To date, Oakhurst Dairy has donated more than $240,000 to The Salvation Army through this annual effort.
“Oakhurst has always believed in traditions, and our support of The Salvation Army is time-honored,” said Bill Bennett, former Chairman of the Board and now advisor to Oakhurst. “The Salvation Army moves mountains in the service of others and we are proud to support their work.”
“Oakhurst been a loyal supporter for many years,” said The Salvation Army Divisional Commander Major James LaBossiere. “We are grateful for their annual commitment so that we may offer meaningful services and programs for people in need throughout Northern New England.”
Oakhurst Egg Nog flavors will begin arriving in stores in mid October and will be available throughout the holiday months and into early January. Look for them in pints, quarts and half gallons.
For information about The Salvation Army, please visit: www.use.salvationarmy.org/use/www_use_portland.nsf